Enabling the sharing of airspace by manned and unmanned aircraft

The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation’s (ARCAA) Smart Skies project, focusing on the development of technology to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to effectively share airspace, is approaching its final milestone. The project, also involving Boeing Research and Technology-Australia, Insitu Pacific and the Queensland Government, is exploring development of three key enabling aviation technologies: […]
The Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation’s (ARCAA) Smart Skies project, focusing on the development of technology to enable manned and unmanned aircraft to effectively share airspace, is approaching its final milestone. The project, also involving Boeing Research and Technology-Australia, Insitu Pacific and the Queensland Government, is exploring development of three key enabling aviation technologies: an Automated Separation Management System capable of providing separation assurance in complex airspace environments; Sense and Act systems for manned and unmanned aircraft capable of collision avoidance of dynamic and static obstacles; and a Mobile Aircraft Tracking System (MATS) utilising a cost-effective radar and dependent surveillance systems. The latest flight trials included all of the project elements, including a fixed-wing UAV and a modified Cessna flying in automatic mode, flying collision scenarios with simulated aircraft. The final flight trial will take place in December this year, before project wrap-up and final reports in 2011, and, ultimately, the attempt to commercialise the Smart Skies intellectual property. ARCAA acting director Dr Jonathon Roberts said a new research project was also on the cards. The collision-avoidance research is one of two key areas in which the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) requires proof that technology in unmanned aircraft can operate in a way equivalent to human pilots. “In the future research we’re trying to hit the next problem: Smart Skies is all about collision avoidance and managing the avoidance of collisions; the next thing that CASA will require will be automatic landing systems,” Dr Roberts said. “So that if you have an engine failure or other catastrophic failure and you have to come down, you’ve got to be able to put it down in a safe place, so these will be vision systems that actually look at the ground and figure out where to land. “That’s the next thing that has to be done before UAVs can fly over populous areas.” The Smart Skies program was recently recognised at the Queensland Engineering Excellence Awards, where it won the ‘Control systems, networks, information processing and telecommunications’ category.

Army Receives FAA Approval to Fly Unmanned Aircraft in National Airspace

Is this phased approach (land, then move away) a viable first step for the safe integration of UAVs into non-segregated airspace?
Is this phased approach (land, then move away) a viable first step for the safe integration of UAVs into non-segregated airspace?

Army use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense.

ATI’s 1-day professional development course Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) provides a great background for understanding current and future systems covered in this road map. This is a document with lots of specific information about Army use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense. It includes specific information about current UAS. […]
ATI’s 1-day professional development course Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) provides a great background for understanding current and future systems covered in this road map. This is a document with lots of specific information about Army use of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) for defense. It includes specific information about current UAS. “Eyes of the Army:” U. S. Army Roadmap for Unmanned Aircraft Systems 2010-2035, April 2010 http://www.rucker.army.mil/usaace/uas/ http://www.rucker.army.mil/usaace/uas/US%20Army%20UAS%20RoadMap%202010%202035.pdf http://www.insidedefense.com/secure/data_extra/pdf10/dplus2010_1096.pdf

Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Yesterday, instructor Mark Lewellen was explaining some of the background to UAVs:  from aerial attacks on Venice through Marilyn Monroe to sizes of UAVs and likely future uses. If prospective attendees knew they would enjoy the thought-provoking subject half as much as I did,  ATI would be running this course once a month.
Yesterday, instructor Mark Lewellen was explaining some of the background to UAVs:  from aerial attacks on Venice through Marilyn Monroe to sizes of UAVs and likely future uses. If prospective attendees knew they would enjoy the thought-provoking subject half as much as I did,  ATI would be running this course once a month.

Vandenberg AFB Uses Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to Provide Base and Launch Security

Vandenberg continues to pave the way as the West Coast’s premiere space and missile establishment Vandenberg AFB is home to the 14th Air Force, 30th Space Wing, 381st Training Group, and the Western Launch and Test Range (WLTR).  A peninsula location on the Pacific Coast makes it ideal to easily launch satellites into polar orbit.  […]
Vandenberg continues to pave the way as the West Coast’s premiere space and missile establishment Vandenberg AFB is home to the 14th Air Force, 30th Space Wing, 381st Training Group, and the Western Launch and Test Range (WLTR).  A peninsula location on the Pacific Coast makes it ideal to easily launch satellites into polar orbit.  This, along with its location relative to the jet stream, makes Vandenberg a good site to launch reconnaissance satellites. Everyday thousands of Team Vandenberg members come together and work as a single force to further space power on California’s central coast.  Only one unauthorized person in a critical area during a launch window can shut the operation down.  Much of the base is rugged, mountainous, and undeveloped, so it can be difficult to patrol and monitor all areas of the base in the hours prior to a launch. Vandenberg is paving the way for other bases security requirements.  It has established an innovative program using a small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), called the Raven for base security.  The RQ-11 Raven weighs 4.5 pounds, has a five-foot wingspan and stretches only 38 inches in length.  It is equipped with a video camera which streams live feed to an operator on the ground.  The Raven is launched by hand, has about an hour of flight time on a single battery charge.  The system includes spare batteries and a charger that plugs into a Humvee. Recently, the Raven found three unofficial persons on Point Sal beach just prior to a launch, which could have caused a delay or stop the launch.  Day and night, live video capabilities let the Raven greatly assist with the overall situation awareness picture helping ensure mission success.  Based on this success, Vandenberg is interested in more unmanned aircraft than just the Raven. Vandenberg has requested that in early July, Mr. Mark N. Lewellen, one of Applied Technology Institute (ATI) instructors, teach ATI’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Applications course at Vandenberg AFB.  This one-day course is designed for engineers, aviation experts and project managers who wish to enhance their understanding of UAS. The course provides the “big picture” for those who work outside of the discipline.  Each topic addresses real systems (RQ-11 Raven, the RQ-7 Shadow, the MQ-1 Predator, and the RQ-4 Global Hawk) and real-world problems and issues concerning the use and expansion of their applications. Topics covered include: History of UAS Categories of current UAS and their aeronautical capabilities Major manufactures of UAS The latest developments and major components of a UAS What type of sensor data can UAS provide? Regulatory and spectrum issues associated with UAS National Airspace System including the different classes of airspace How will UAS gain access to the National Airspace System (NAS)?

New 1-day short course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems

ATIcourses has a new 1 day short course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A full description  is at http://www.aticourses.com/unmanned_aircraft_systems.html What You Will Learn: Categories of current UAS and their aeronautical capabilities? Major manufactures of UAS? The latest developments and major components of a UAS? What type of sensor data can UAS provide? Regulatory and spectrum issues […]
ATIcourses has a new 1 day short course on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. A full description  is at http://www.aticourses.com/unmanned_aircraft_systems.html What You Will Learn:
  • Categories of current UAS and their aeronautical capabilities?
  • Major manufactures of UAS?
  • The latest developments and major components of a UAS?
  • What type of sensor data can UAS provide?
  • Regulatory and spectrum issues associated with UAS?
  • National Airspace System including the different classes of airspace
  • How will UAS gain access to the National Airspace System (NAS)?
From this course you will gain practical knowledge to understand the different classes and types of UAS, optimize their specific applications, evaluate and compare UAS capabilities, interact meaningfully with colleagues, and master the terminology. Facts and Figures on UAS http://www.theuav.com/index.html# UAS on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmanned_Aerial_Vehicle UAV Forum http://www.uavforum.com/index.shtml DoD UAS Roadmap 2007-2032 http://www.fas.org/irp/program/collect/usroadmap2007.pdf Shepard UVOnline http://www.shephard.co.uk/news/category/1/uvonline/